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Feb. 20th, 2005
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February 20th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
The quesstion asked of him was indeed a misquote, he made the same statement in Gwyneth's and his own talks the person who asked the question misquoted him as "if you can't see, it hear it, and smell it, you have no business writing" ie they left out the fact that it's that specific bit you shouldn't be writing.
I agree with what he said with the obvious footnote/disclaimer as Kake put it. If you (people in general) can't visualise in your head what a scene/character/object in your fiction looks like, you shouldn't try to explain it, because it's not going to be natural and consistant. Whether you can get away with writing the story without describing that bit of it is another matter entirely.
The whole thing developed out of Gwyneth's discussions of how she fully imerses herself in her created world and how far this went towards being delusional ;0)